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Monday, June 30, 2014

Iowa City: Economic integration?

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Efforts to desegregate public schools have broadened to include economic integration in the six decades since “separate but equal” was ruled unconstitutional.” (more)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

System ‘holds a lot of families hostage,’ mom says

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Des Moines families denied open enrollment say they understand the importance of diverse schools.” (more)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chobani Gets Nod for USDA’s School Yogurt Program

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“Upstate New York’s Chobani has been chosen by the USDA to provide Greek yogurt for a school lunch pilot program being launched in seven states, including Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and New York, this fall.” (more)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kids, Parents Are Embracing the Walking School Bus

Boston.com – JENNIFER McDERMOTT

“For a growing number of children in Rhode Island, Iowa and other states, the school day starts and ends in the same way — they walk with their classmates and an adult volunteer to and from school. Walking school buses are catching on in school districts nationwide because they are seen as a way to fight childhood obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that kids get to school safely.”(more)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mentoring new teachers can boost students’ learning

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Des Moines, Iowa’s largest public school district, is one of a few Iowa school districts that have revamped their new teacher mentoring programs in an effort to increase staff retention and improve student achievement. Other Iowa districts will likely follow suit over the next three years as more state money becomes available for districts that pledge to increase support for new teachers and add leadership roles for veteran educators.”(more)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for 1st time

The Kansas City Star – KOURTNEY LIEPELT

“For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in Iowa law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across the state.”(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It’s a mistake to cut back on foreign language

The Citizen-Press – Lilly Brown

“Recently, administrators for the Iowa City Community School District announced plans to make budget cuts to avoid going into deficit spending for the next fiscal year. Many programs, classes and educational activities will be affected by the decision. And although all of the programs affected are important to our education, the elimination of German and seventh-grade foreign language is completely unacceptable.”(more)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Early childhood education important for military readiness later, ex-general says at Harkin hearing

The Des Moines Register – Jennifer Jacobs

“An Iowa retired military general on Monday explained why he thinks national security depends on U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s new preschool bill.”(more)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Officer: Military preparedness tied to early childhood education

The Des Moines Register – Jennifer Jacobs

“An Iowa retired military general on Monday explained why he thinks national security depends on U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s new preschool bill.”(more)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FINANCIAL LITERACY: Push For More Education

WHO TV – Dan Winters

“During his Condition of the State address, Governor Branstad praised a financial education course for freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa. He gave it credit for reducing the amount of debt students carry when they graduate.”(more)